Although the average patient heads down to the dentist for a cleaning every six months, most people don't realize that even their own dentist may be famous. Yes, the chances are very unlikely, however, there have been a number of dentists throughout our history that have achieved acclaim and celebrity coming from a profession that is not typically associated with such regard. Check out these examples:
DOC HOLIDAY Although he was probably the most famous for his gun fight at the O.K. Corral alongside his buddy, Wyatt Earp, "Doc" also had a day job as a dentist. He trained in Pennsylvania and later opened a busy practice near Atlanta. Sadly, Holiday came down with a case of tuberculosis and had to close his practice. He then packed up his belongs and moved west, and well, the rest is history.
MARK SPITZ Although he was known around the world as a champion swimmer, Spitz was actually accepted into dental school before he became a famous Olympic gold medalist. While he ultimately decided not to attend the school of dentistry, it's safe to say that he made the right choice considering that Mark went on to achieve seven gold medals.
PAUL REVERE The most famous dentist to come out of the American Revolution, Paul Revere was a man of many hats. He, of course, is known throughout our history books for warning the colonies of the impending British troops on the attack, but when he was not involved in the fight, he had a few different jobs. Not only a siversmith, but Paul also advertised his services as a dentist. More specifically, he specialized in making false teeth for the people in need.
MILES DAVIS' FATHER Miles Davis Jr. was one of the most acclaimed and influential jazz musicians of all time and his dad was a dentist. Miles Davis, Sr. had a thriving dental practice and was a member of the NAACP. Dentistry was how he paid the bills and provided for Miles Jr. So in some ways, it seems that we all have the dental profession to thank for allowing Miles Jr. to become such a fantastic musician, and treating the world to his jazz stylings.
Although my only claim to fame might be appearing on stage in my High School Drama Productions, I chose to become a dentist and strive every day to provide excellent dental care to all of my patients! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!